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Carol Stream still seeking perfect name for rec center

The Carol Stream Park District board is expected to pick a name this fall for the $18 million recreation center now under construction at Gary Avenue and Fountain View Drive in the Town Center.

The Carol Stream Park District board is expected to pick a name this fall for the $18 million recreation center now under construction at Gary Avenue and Fountain View Drive in the Town Center.

 

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Carol Stream Park District board members could evaluate up to 189 potential names before choosing one for their new recreation center.

That's a much larger number than the eight top names, as narrowed down by park district staff, included in an online survey sent out last week to subscribers of the district's e-newsletter. Some 800 people have responded so far with their favorite choice. And though the results haven't been released, the park board was expected to take them into consideration before making a final decision.

But some park commissioners said Monday they didn't care for any of the eight names: Fountainview Sportsplex, Fountainview Recplex, Town Center Sports & Fitness, Parkview Sportsplex, Parkside Place, Lakeside Activplex, Lakeside Place and Parkside Sports & Fitness.

"I'm not too keen with what we have right now," board Vice President Wynn Ullman said.

"There's a lot more history in this area than in the names we see here," Commissioner Brian Sokolowski said.

The eight names were determined to be the best by park district staff out of the total 189 suggestions sent in by residents via email and suggestion box notes.

The park district board's parks and facilities committee will now take up the issue, evaluating all the submitted names and potentially coming up with new suggestions.

Some commissioners expressed a preference for having a name chosen by the end of October, despite an earlier timeline that said a name was to have been chosen by the end of August.

"Rather than hurry through it, let's make sure we're thorough and have a name that will withstand the test of time and be pleasing to our community," board President Brenda Gramann said. "We won't throw (the eight) names out, but let's go through the process and see what we come up with. Personally I like one of the names on the list. But I want all of us to feel vested."

Construction of the $18 million, 90,846-square-foot facility at Town Center at Gary Avenue and Fountain View Drive is expected to be complete next fall.

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